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Private cellular networks can effectively and affordably serve the needs of education

Private cellular networks can effectively and affordably serve the needs of education

Schools - from primary schools to universities - are experiencing new challenges in connectivity, from greater reliance on internet-based resources for homework, the need to support remote learning, innovative teaching and research techniques, and an ever-increasing number of connected devices. 

Higher education institutions have traditionally prioritized upgrading or expanding existing campus Wi-Fi networks to supplement fixed Ethernet infrastructure. However, this method falls short of key criteria such as dependability, security, performance, coverage, capacity, and mobility. 

The connectivity needs of a busy, modern campus are complicated. A network can be overburdened by the combination of personal devices, school-issued technology, and collaboration tools. Not to mention the need for campus security systems, like surveillance cameras and smoke detectors, as well as smart lighting and other critical building infrastructure. Education institutions require an evolved communications infrastructure to reap the full benefits of broadband and IoT applications due to the growing density of devices and critical connectivity requirements. The most effective and reliable solution is a private wireless network.

Enhanced campus experience and operations

New era in connectivity 

A private wireless network gives you complete control over the creation and management of multi-local networks, with the added benefits of low latency, strong security, and the ability to scale as needed. 

In the United States, the shared CBRS spectrum, which became commercially available through the FCC in early 2020, is an excellent option enabling private LTE networks to supplement the legacy hardwired and Wi-Fi solutions that most institutions already have in place. The government has made CBRS spectrum available to industries including education, providing license to operate a private LTE wireless network. A private LTE network can connect hundreds of devices, machines, sensors, or users with just a single small cell. 

According to a recent Nokia survey of enterprises including education institutions, the majority of respondents say they would seek guidance from a mobile operator as they develop their private network deployment strategy. They believe that a mobile operator will give them access to expertise and experience in the design, construction, and operation of a mobile network, as well as access upcoming technology releases. 

Verizon’s private wireless solution, On Site LTE powered by Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud, is the Verizon - Nokia collaboration to offer a fully integrated CBRS industrial-grade private wireless solution, supporting the complex nature of a large campus with the added benefits of low latency, strong security, and scalability.

Bridging the digital divide

Verizon’s On Site LTE powered by Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud can also address the digital learning gap by providing connectivity to areas that lack broadband access. Students and teachers need access to online resources and virtual classrooms. A large-scale private network deployment can serve an entire region, allowing thousands of students to attend school and access online services and resources. 

Take the next step

Nokia and Verizon are constantly working to evaluate, design and deploy private wireless solutions to provide access to all learners and power a new generation of campuses. Watch our joint webinar, “Bridging the Education Digital Divide with Private Cellular Networks” to learn how Nokia and Verizon can connect students. 

Download eBook “Beyond Wi-Fi: Creating smart education campuses with pervasive broadband – Private wireless networking for higher education” for more information about Nokia’s offerings and the benefits of CBRS spectrum.

Jane Mack-Crane

About Jane Mack-Crane

Jane Mack-Crane is Nokia Sales Director serving Verizon and their Public Sector customers. Jane is leading the Nokia team to deliver connectivity to Verizon's Education customers, both K-12 and higher education. Cities and school districts are increasingly in need of wireless solutions to address the digital divide, and higher education institutions are adopting 5G in the classroom as well as to increase security and safety on campuses. Leveraging Nokia’s commitment to “help the world act together,” Jane is developing the partnership with Verizon to bring Nokia’s 4G and 5G solutions to educators.

In 2020 Jane led the Nokia team to secure Verizon’s first global Private Wireless customer, deploying the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud Private 5G solution in a seaport in the UK.

Jane's prior roles within Nokia include Director Business Development, Director R&D, and Product Management. Jane currently serves on Nokia’s CEO Advisory Board, and was president of Nokia StrongHer Chicago chapter from 2018 thru 2021, working to increase gender diversity in technology fields.

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Jose Escobar

About Jose Escobar

Jose Escobar is a Managing Partner leading the Education Domain within Verizon’s Business Development and Strategic Initiatives group. In this role, Jose is responsible for the overall growth and strategy of the education business within Verizon’s Public Sector organization. In collaboration with an ecosystem of internal and external partners, education, government and industry leaders, he works with Education institutions helping to solve for digital equity, remote and personalized learning, enhancing student experiences and digital transformation. Jose previously led the national business development efforts for Verizon’s Smart Communities organization, focused on solving challenges associated with Sustainability, Public Safety and Transportation. Jose worked with state, local and education leaders in support to address their increasingly complex business challenges.

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